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Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63by Taylor Branch
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Synopses & Reviews
Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations.
Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the corridors of Camelot where the Kennedy brothers weighed demands for justice against the deceptions of J. Edgar Hoover, here is a vivid tapestry of America, torn and finally transformed by a revolutionary struggle unequaled since the Civil War.
Taylor Branch provides an unsurpassed portrait of King's rise to greatness and illuminates the stunning courage and private conflict, the deals, maneuvers, betrayals, and rivalries that determined history behind closed doors, at boycotts and sit-ins, on bloody freedom rides, and through siege and murder.
Epic in scope and impact, Branch's chronicle definitively captures one of the nation's most crucial passages.
"A tour de force of research and synthesis, richer than any extant King biography or civil rights history, this will be the measure of all books to come." Library Journal
"Already, in this chronicle, there is the material of Iliad after Iliad....There is no time in our history of which we can be more proud." Garry Wills, The New York Review of Books
"In remarkable, meticulous detail, Branch provides us with the most complex and unsentimental version of Kning and his times yet produced." Robert C. Maynard, The Washington Post Book World
"Monumental....[A]n overwhelming new perspective." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
"This work is least successful when it attempts to be more than a history of the movement....Mr. Branch's burden — to cover, and bring together the scattered impressions that convey a movement — is awesome enough. Adding to the mix the nuances of the nation's history proved impossible." Eleanor Holmes Norton, The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Taylor Branch is the bestselling author of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 (which won the Pulitzer Prize), Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968; and The Clinton Tapes. Branch is a former staff member of The Washington Monthly, Harper's, and Esquire. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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